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Fri, January 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$30 advance / $35 at the door
Vibraphone player Bill Ware and the rest of The Puppeteers take us on a jazzy journey with no strings attached.
“The Puppeteers is an all-star fresh-jazz quartet with its world on a string…colorful and energetic!” -Howard Mandel, NPR
All seats are general admission and include one glass of wine or beer or two soft drinks. Advance tickets are available until 3pm the day of the concert. Union Arts Center is not wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available one block away at Depot Square.
BILL WARE is a quiet giant of the vibraphone who defines the word groove as he cooks rhythms on a low burn, feeling where his fellow musicians are going, only to “strike out and impress with his four-mallet attacks of chords, cadences and arpeggios, surprising in every measure.” (allaboutjazz.com) Mr. Ware has performed, recorded and toured internationally with hundreds of artists, most prominently as a charter member of the internationally renowned jazz group The Jazz Passengers, which has featured guest appearances by Blondie star Deborah Harry, guitarist Marc Ribot and vocalist Elvis Costello. In the 1990s, Mr. Ware was at the heart of the New York City “acid jazz” scene with the popular band, Groove Collective. He toured with Steely Dan in the 1993- 1995 Alive in America concert tours as a member of the all-star band dubbed the “Steely Dan Orchestra”. Recent projects include Triple Goddess Twilight Revue – a tribute to Laura Nyro, the Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, and a musical collaboration with the great Nuyorican poet, Tato Laviera. Mr. Ware’s website is http://www.billwarevibes.com/.
ALEX BLAKE is a master upright and electric bassist who began playing professionally in his teens with Dizzy Gillespie, then with Sun Ra, Freddie Hubbard, Astrid Gilberto, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Billy Cobham, Manhattan Transfer – among many other artists. A musical innovator, composer, and educator, Mr. Blake’s style ranges in musical genre from Latin/flamenco to post bop and jazz to rock and pop. He has recorded on multiple Grammy-winning album, received honorary awards and critical recognition, and tours internationally with Randy Weston and his African Rhythms band. He is currently working on a new CD with his post-fusion band, the Alex Blake Quintet, with original compositions reflecting all of his global influences – salsa, Middle Eastern, rock, RnB – and his dynamic and distinct playing style. A native of Panama, he resides in New York City and has appeared with Bill Ware and Jaime Affoumado at the Puppets Jazz Bar venue in Brooklyn, New York on numerous occasions. More information on Mr. Blake including his music, discography, and tour info may be found on his website at www.alexblakebass.com .
JAIME AFFOUMADO was born in Bronx, New York on July 29, 1965. Jaime began the drums at the early age of three under the tutelage of his father, Ralph Affoumado. Jaime’s talents did not stop at music as he was also a child protege actor. He performed in the Broadway musical “Pippin” at the Imperial Theater in NYC. He also distinguished himself in over 100 television commercials and 3 movies. Jaime began playing in and around Manhattan clubs earning a reputation as a solid player and with guidance from others including jazz drummers; Kenny Washington and Tommy Campbell, Jaime soon founded his own group “New Hype Jazz”. They recorded several CD’s becoming one of the most popular downtown bands. From 2008 to 2011 Jaime owned his own jazz bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn called “Puppets”. Jaime wore many hats as the clubs proprietor, manager, and performer. Artists who performed regularly with Jaime are; William Ash, Bill Ware, Brad Jones, Randy Johnston, Alex Blake, Arturo O’ Farrill, Dean Bowman, Rubin Rodriguez and an international cast of many others. Jaime has also played with such notables as; Jaco Pastorius, Dr. Bill Taylor, Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry, The Jazz Passengers, Arthur Blythe, Cecil McBee, and many others.Type your paragraph here.
MATT KING – As the newest Puppeteer, I want to thank Jamie, Bill & Alex for inviting me onboard for this project. All three are not only uniquely talented musicians, but great human beings as well, and it was a lot of fun. A special thanks to Bill, who, many years ago, gave a skinny kid from the cornfields of Illinois his first jazz gigs in & around the Big Apple. Happy listening!